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William Herbefield (fl. 1437)

Mayor of Oxford 1432/3 and 1433/4

William Herbefield (or Herberfield) was elected Senior Bailiff on the council in 1426 and was an Alderman by 1428. He is likely to be related to the man of the same name who was an Alderman in 1407.

Herbefield was elected Member of Parliament for Oxford on 12 May 1432.

Later that year he was also chosen as Mayor of Oxford (for 1432/3). He continued serving as Mayor the following year (1433/4)

Herbefield was chosen as one of the four Alderman in 1428, 1435, 1436, and 1437.

In 1448 a widow named Mrs Cecily Herbefield died, leaving a tenement in St Mary Magdalen parish to St Martin’s Church and augmenting Dame Margaret Northern’s coffer. It seems likely that she was his relation (perhaps his aunt or mother).

† William Herbefield died at some time after 1437.




See also:

  • PCC Will PROB 11/4/71 (Will of William Herberfeld or Herberfelde, proved November 1455:
    this does not name a city, and may belong to a different person
  • Biography not yet available on the History of Parliament website

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Last updated: 25 September, 2018

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